"He's got a long way to go,'' Holgorsen said. "He hasn't played a whole lot of football. He played two years of high school football and this was the first game in college he'd ever played. He's relatively raw at the quarterback position and has a lot of things he's got to work on.''
Childress, though, seems at least to have a grasp of what to expect and how to handle it. And that's the first step.
"They're probably going to blitz me and put pressure on me. I know that,'' the redshirt freshman said of Maryland. "I think what we have to do is line up in formations that keep them off balance and don't allow them to do what they want to do.''
Again, there are other things Holgorsen wants Childress to improve upon. He wasn't thrilled with his quarterback's sense of urgency against Georgia State. That includes being able to increase the tempo of the offense when the time is right.
"I'm still not happy with our tempo, so I got on him a little bit in the fourth quarter about that,'' Holgorsen said. "A lot of it's me [and] the coaches as far as how we coach tempo, but he's got to help us with that when he's out there. He's got to move people along, get guys lined up, get it communicated and snap it. So we've still got a ways to go with tempo.''
Holgorsen also mentioned Childress' accuracy - "He probably threw four or five balls that I thought were pretty easy to complete and he didn't get that done'' - as well as his timing and continuity with his receivers.
All in all, though, Holgorsen likes what he has to work with going forward.
"There's going to be growing pains. He's going to make mistakes,'' Holgorsen said. "Everybody does.
"He's got a long way to go, but I expect him to continue to get better.''
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